Saturday, May 12, 2012

Rondo's triple double carries Boston past the 76ers, 92-91 to win game one

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola - Edit by: Payton Wales)

If you thought this game was going to be a walk in the park for either side, then you clearly didn't read what I wrote this morning.  Boston had to use the fourth quarter to overcome losing game one, giving up home court advantage.  Lucky for the Celtics, Rajon Rondo had a triple double while Kevin Garnett had 29 points and 11 rebounds.

Philadelphia controlled the first three quarters of this game with their transition offense and rebounding, having a 25-17 rebounding edge with a five point lead.  Boston chipped away at the 10 point first quarter deficit and continued to play physical.  This game ended up being identical in terms of statistics but as Royce Young points out, Rajon Rondo took over again when it mattered, especially the final few plays.

I expect this series to be a dog fight.  The Celtics were able to regain control of the glass in the second half which helped them overcome a 13 point deficit.  Boston only missed one free throw this game, out rebounded the 76ers 45-41 and had better ball movement/more assists.

Jrue Holiday struggled against Rondo, something I predicted would happen in this series.  The one interesting note was that Elton Brand didn't play much, as I thought he had good success against Brandon Bass. Doug Collins went with Thaddeus Young or a smaller line up in this game.  Doc countered by closing out with Rondo, Bradley,  Allen, Pierce and Garnett.

Evan Turner and Andre Iguodala had bit games, especially Iggy in the first half, continuing his momentum from game six against the Bulls.  This series is far from over as we head into game two on Monday.


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